Africa’s happiest countries……Somaliland#?

happyGAngola is Africa’s happiest country, according to a new global survey of 156 countries released Monday.

The southern African country surprisingly toppled last year’s leader, the perennial African paradise of Mauritius, according to the World Happiness Report 2013.

This will likely generate debate given the perception of Angola as having high corruption and inequality levels, and frequent criticism of its human rights record by campaign groups.

Algeria, Libya and Nigeria round out the top five happiest countries on the continent, while Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Lesotho are the next five African nations that are most content.

No African country ranked in the top 50 of the survey, now in its second year, while the five lowest ranked countries were from the continent.

The ranking also threw up some other surprises, including placing countries such as Somaliland, Zimbabwe and DR Congo well ahead of others perceived as more prosperous and stable such as Botswana, Senegal and Tanzania.

The report is sponsored by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network which was established by United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and comes ahead of the annual General Assembly.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to replace the Millennium Development Goals which end in 2015.

Measuring happiness

The first report on global well-being released last year followed the first UN high-level meeting on happiness held in April 2012.

The authors say the survey is meant to contribute to the debate as to the direction of public policy and to push authorities to align such policy to what really matters to their citizens.

The report defines happiness both as an emotion (were you happy this morning?) and an evaluation of one’s life as a whole.

It relies heavily on the Gallup World Poll, which has been running since 2005, and notes that despite the financial crises of recent years the world has over the last five years generally become a happier place.

Gallup’s poll typically interviews 1,000 respondents per country. The World Happiness Report 2013 says it averaged the three most recent polls of 2010-12 to achieve a sample size of 3,000, therefore reducing uncertainty in estimates.

It also compares the results with earlier years so as to identify trends.

Six variables are used in the survey, namely GDP per capita, years of healthy life expectancy, social support systems, perception of corruption, prevalence of generosity and the freedom to make life choices.

The happiest countries globally were Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden.

Overall African rankings:

1-Angola, 2-Mauritius, 3-Algeria, 4-Libya, 5-Nigeria, 6-Ghana, 7-Zambia, 8-Mozambique, 9-South Africa, 10-Lesotho, 11-Morocco, 12-Swaziland, 13-Somaliland, 14-Zimbabwe, 15-Tunisia, 16-Mauritania, 17-Djibouti, 18-Congo DR, 19-Ethiopia, 20-Uganda, 21-Cameroon, 22-Kenya, 23-Sudan, 24-Sierra Leone, 25-Congo-Brazzaville, 26-Egypt, 27-Burkina Faso, 28-Mali, 29-Liberia, 30-Niger, 31-Gabon, 32-Malawi, 33-Chad, 34-Botswana, 35-Madagascar, 36-Senegal, 37- Comoros, 38-Guinea, 39-Tanzania, 40-Rwanda, 41-Burundi, 42-Central African Republic, 43-Benin, 44-Togo


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